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Re: Pants! Why must buying tactical pants feel like stepping around landmines?
« Reply #50 on: December 16, 2018, 05:10:04 AM »
@Daley , it sounds like you need to purchase a sewing machine and learn how to sew. You can teach yourself by try and fail, combined with reading and the internet. My DH got into sewing his own outdoor clothes, because he wanted pants with features that cost a fortune. He makes very good stuff. There are specialized shops where you can find sturdy fabrics, like extremtextil.de.
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Re: Pants! Why must buying tactical pants feel like stepping around landmines?
« Reply #51 on: January 06, 2019, 07:03:09 PM »
Hi,
Not sure if anyone else recommended this (I scanned most of the other posts) but I'd look at Arborwear Pants.
Easy to find online, and not sure I'd say they are 'tactical'.
But they are the most badass pants I've ever worn.
The company was started by guys that are Arborists that wore out pants, and decided to make something that was geared towards hard, outdoors work, and that would hold up and comfortable to work in.
I have 'Tech' Pants and 'Canopy' pants that are several years old and in great shape.
It is the only pants I wear, nothing else comes close for me.
Good Luck.

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Re: Pants! Why must buying tactical pants feel like stepping around landmines?
« Reply #52 on: January 07, 2019, 01:27:37 PM »
Hi,
Not sure if anyone else recommended this (I scanned most of the other posts) but I'd look at Arborwear Pants.
Easy to find online, and not sure I'd say they are 'tactical'.
But they are the most badass pants I've ever worn.
The company was started by guys that are Arborists that wore out pants, and decided to make something that was geared towards hard, outdoors work, and that would hold up and comfortable to work in.
I have 'Tech' Pants and 'Canopy' pants that are several years old and in great shape.
It is the only pants I wear, nothing else comes close for me.
Good Luck.

Well now I want a pair of their cedar flex pants...

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Re: Pants! Why must buying tactical pants feel like stepping around landmines?
« Reply #53 on: January 07, 2019, 01:39:04 PM »
PTF. I'm starting to walk and bike to work on a regular basis and need to seriously improve my bad weather clothes.

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Re: Pants! Why must buying tactical pants feel like stepping around landmines?
« Reply #54 on: January 07, 2019, 02:45:33 PM »
PTF. I'm starting to walk and bike to work on a regular basis and need to seriously improve my bad weather clothes.

Exactly the same boat...  But if I'm going to be customer facing that day, I need something that doesn't scream "I'M 5.11 TACTICOOL AND HAVE A GUN ON ME RIGHT NOW".

Next time I make it up to Dallas, I'm going to have to go around to the factory-outlets for all of these listed above and try to try on all the above-mentioned brands.  This shouldn't be this hard, lol.

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Re: Pants! Why must buying tactical pants feel like stepping around landmines?
« Reply #55 on: January 07, 2019, 02:58:53 PM »
PTF. I'm starting to walk and bike to work on a regular basis and need to seriously improve my bad weather clothes.

Exactly the same boat...  But if I'm going to be customer facing that day, I need something that doesn't scream "I'M 5.11 TACTICOOL AND HAVE A GUN ON ME RIGHT NOW".

Next time I make it up to Dallas, I'm going to have to go around to the factory-outlets for all of these listed above and try to try on all the above-mentioned brands.  This shouldn't be this hard, lol.

I wish I could direct you where to go, but Idk anything about shopping for these kinda things. My plan was to look on ebay to price out the names others here have mentioned. however, maybe someone here has some ideas of where to go if you feel more comfortable trying them on in a physical store location?

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Re: Pants! Why must buying tactical pants feel like stepping around landmines?
« Reply #56 on: January 07, 2019, 04:02:18 PM »
@Daley , it sounds like you need to purchase a sewing machine and learn how to sew. You can teach yourself by try and fail, combined with reading and the internet. My DH got into sewing his own outdoor clothes, because he wanted pants with features that cost a fortune. He makes very good stuff. There are specialized shops where you can find sturdy fabrics, like extremtextil.de.

I already know how to sew, but my skill level and equipment are not sufficient for a project like this, nor do I have the time and resources to dedicate to it. Thank you for the suggestion, though.



Hi,
Not sure if anyone else recommended this (I scanned most of the other posts) but I'd look at Arborwear Pants.
Easy to find online, and not sure I'd say they are 'tactical'.
But they are the most badass pants I've ever worn.
The company was started by guys that are Arborists that wore out pants, and decided to make something that was geared towards hard, outdoors work, and that would hold up and comfortable to work in.
I have 'Tech' Pants and 'Canopy' pants that are several years old and in great shape.
It is the only pants I wear, nothing else comes close for me.
Good Luck.

Well now I want a pair of their cedar flex pants...

QFT.

Thanks, @firescape! The hunt may finally be over. It'll take a bit of time before I can justify spending more on pants again, but this is officially at the top of the list now.

The review that raised my eyebrows in hope...
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Amazing pants! Better than any Carhartt or Duluth pants I've ever put on! And not to take away from them, they're great brands, but their designs are boxy and too loose on me. These Cedar Flex pants are slightly thicker than Carhartts, offer a lot more features, and fit WAY better. I can almost do the splits in these, and they don't bind at all, not in the hips or the crotch. These are worth the higher price tag for sure. You know what they say about quality - buy once, cry once!

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Re: Pants! Why must buying tactical pants feel like stepping around landmines?
« Reply #57 on: January 08, 2019, 09:27:54 AM »
@Daley , it sounds like you need to purchase a sewing machine and learn how to sew. You can teach yourself by try and fail, combined with reading and the internet. My DH got into sewing his own outdoor clothes, because he wanted pants with features that cost a fortune. He makes very good stuff. There are specialized shops where you can find sturdy fabrics, like extremtextil.de.

I already know how to sew, but my skill level and equipment are not sufficient for a project like this, nor do I have the time and resources to dedicate to it. Thank you for the suggestion, though.



Hi,
Not sure if anyone else recommended this (I scanned most of the other posts) but I'd look at Arborwear Pants.
Easy to find online, and not sure I'd say they are 'tactical'.
But they are the most badass pants I've ever worn.
The company was started by guys that are Arborists that wore out pants, and decided to make something that was geared towards hard, outdoors work, and that would hold up and comfortable to work in.
I have 'Tech' Pants and 'Canopy' pants that are several years old and in great shape.
It is the only pants I wear, nothing else comes close for me.
Good Luck.

Well now I want a pair of their cedar flex pants...

QFT.

Thanks, @firescape! The hunt may finally be over. It'll take a bit of time before I can justify spending more on pants again, but this is officially at the top of the list now.

The review that raised my eyebrows in hope...
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Amazing pants! Better than any Carhartt or Duluth pants I've ever put on! And not to take away from them, they're great brands, but their designs are boxy and too loose on me. These Cedar Flex pants are slightly thicker than Carhartts, offer a lot more features, and fit WAY better. I can almost do the splits in these, and they don't bind at all, not in the hips or the crotch. These are worth the higher price tag for sure. You know what they say about quality - buy once, cry once!

I've been thrilled with my Off the Grid Trailblazer pants, until they wore a hole in the ass -- I haven't even had them a year yet, and they turned out to be far less durable than anticipated. Sooooo...I may have to try these.

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Re: Pants! Why must buying tactical pants feel like stepping around landmines?
« Reply #58 on: January 08, 2019, 11:32:58 AM »
Look up a company called RailRiders

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Re: Pants! Why must buying tactical pants feel like stepping around landmines?
« Reply #59 on: January 08, 2019, 04:37:16 PM »
I've been thrilled with my Off the Grid Trailblazer pants, until they wore a hole in the ass -- I haven't even had them a year yet, and they turned out to be far less durable than anticipated. Sooooo...I may have to try these.

Two things: 1) I'm glad I didn't succumb to the Off The Grid pants. Yikes. 2) If you beat me to the Arborwear, let me know how they fair. Especially the fit/inseam length on advertised versus reality.

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« Reply #60 on: January 08, 2019, 10:13:20 PM »
Okay, an update on my search..
I requested Red Ants Pants for Christmas, but the rest of the family looked at the price and laughed at me.   So, using a dusty Eddie Bauer card I have now ordered the Alpine Pro pants, which come in woman's tall (which is pretty rare) and are also available in larger sizes (most other brands seem to top out around a smallish size 14).   I have my fingers crossed that these pants will fit and I will just need to hem them.    Bonus - only $10, net, out of my pocket for them and I can return to the local store (but can't get my size off the shelf...)

Note, they will not be useful for construction -- only hiking / canoeing / camping.... I guess I will have to either keep wearing  my old men's construction overalls (honestly, two people could fit in those things..), or keep buying second hand jeans for $8/pair and wear them out continuously.

Anyway -- I noted that Eddie bauer has many men's pants that might work for you, too.  Some do have articulated knees, and have a stretch fit so maybe gussetted crotch is not needed?

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Re: Pants! Why must buying tactical pants feel like stepping around landmines?
« Reply #61 on: January 08, 2019, 11:16:42 PM »
I noted that Eddie bauer has many men's pants that might work for you, too.

Someone bought me some Eddie Bauer pants a few years back for a gift, and it was my first and last experience with Eddie Bauer. I wasn't impressed.

I requested Red Ants Pants for Christmas, but the rest of the family looked at the price and laughed at me.

*psst* @Goldielocks, the Arborwear pants that JLee and I are enthusiastically eyeballing and Firescape recommended? The Tree Climber and Cedar Flex pants apparently come in women's sizes... for, like, around $65-80.

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« Reply #62 on: January 12, 2019, 12:18:31 AM »
I noted that Eddie bauer has many men's pants that might work for you, too.

Someone bought me some Eddie Bauer pants a few years back for a gift, and it was my first and last experience with Eddie Bauer. I wasn't impressed.


hah,  their items are definitely hit or utter miss, but the reviews can be a good indicator as to which you will get.  I did buy DH the "relax fit" pants 2 years ago, and did not realize that they had pleats.   (? who has pleats in pants these days?) What a mistake.  1990's grandpa pants.  huge baggy, many pleats.  ugh.

Thanks for the suggestion on the other brands, though.

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Re: Pants! Why must buying tactical pants feel like stepping around landmines?
« Reply #63 on: January 13, 2019, 06:55:22 PM »
Hi,
Not sure if anyone else recommended this (I scanned most of the other posts) but I'd look at Arborwear Pants.
Easy to find online, and not sure I'd say they are 'tactical'.
But they are the most badass pants I've ever worn.
The company was started by guys that are Arborists that wore out pants, and decided to make something that was geared towards hard, outdoors work, and that would hold up and comfortable to work in.
I have 'Tech' Pants and 'Canopy' pants that are several years old and in great shape.
It is the only pants I wear, nothing else comes close for me.
Good Luck.

Well now I want a pair of their cedar flex pants...

I've had a pair of Cedar Flex pants for over a year and love them. I usually wear them in the winter, as they are thicker.
Forgot to mention, their customer service is really impressive. Our business has a 'corporate account' which was easy to set up, offers about a 30% discount and the discount is available to all of our employees.
If i have questions, the sales rep in my area emails right away and helps out.
Great company.

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Re: Pants! Why must buying tactical pants feel like stepping around landmines?
« Reply #64 on: January 14, 2019, 09:17:58 AM »
Hi,
Not sure if anyone else recommended this (I scanned most of the other posts) but I'd look at Arborwear Pants.
Easy to find online, and not sure I'd say they are 'tactical'.
But they are the most badass pants I've ever worn.
The company was started by guys that are Arborists that wore out pants, and decided to make something that was geared towards hard, outdoors work, and that would hold up and comfortable to work in.
I have 'Tech' Pants and 'Canopy' pants that are several years old and in great shape.
It is the only pants I wear, nothing else comes close for me.
Good Luck.

Well now I want a pair of their cedar flex pants...

I've had a pair of Cedar Flex pants for over a year and love them. I usually wear them in the winter, as they are thicker.
Forgot to mention, their customer service is really impressive. Our business has a 'corporate account' which was easy to set up, offers about a 30% discount and the discount is available to all of our employees.
If i have questions, the sales rep in my area emails right away and helps out.
Great company.

Oh that is nifty!  I'm curious if they'd do a group buy - I'm in an off-road group with nearly 7k members. Hmm.